With Storm Callum coming, people worried about flooding urged to use sandbags

Storm Callum is expected to hit tomorrow night — and a Donegal councillor is urging residents in the county worried about flooding to avail of sandbags that will be distributed by the council.

Independent Councillor John Campbell made the call at yesterday’s meeting of councillors from the Donegal Municipal District, when he asked about preparations being made for the storm.

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for the entire country that will be valid from Thursday night to Saturday night.

Cllr Campbell said high tides are forecast and a large volume of water could be coming down the River Eske.

Local area roads manager Mark Sweeney told councillors that there is a storm surge warning and the council would get the message out to areas that are vulnerable to high tides and the likelihood of flooding.

He added that about a week and a half ago, all the emergency services got together and went through what would be required for a major storm event.

He also said that three weeks ago, the council sent word out that there would be enough sandbags available if needed.

Afterward, Cllr Campbell told Ocean FM News he was happy that the council seemed to be making adequate preparation for Storm Callum: